installing f8/hang at 'loading ata_piix' PROGRESS but now 'ata1.00 exception .... frozen'

John Minson minsonj at
Fri Feb 1 13:57:28 UTC 2008

by 'installer' do you mean the boot parms ?

Mark Knoop wrote:
> John Minson wrote:
>> after fighting with the 'loading ata_piix driver' issue I managed to 
>> get fc8 installed via a usb dvd drive . the install went fine but now 
>> when I boot off the hd (sata) I eventually get
>> ata1.00 exception emask 0x0 sactt serr 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
>> it then displays 'loading udev' and hangs
>> once again this problem (or some variant there of) has been reported 
>> lots but no clear indication of what to do.
>> I keep seeing references to the 'libpata' module having issues
> I had similar issues (what is your hardware?) which I finally solved by
> telling the installer which modules to load instead of relying on the
> probe. I also have to use the 'noirqdebug' because of irq problems with
> my motherboard bios.
> Try appending the following to your install line:
> module=ata_piix module=pata_jmicron module=ata_generic noirqdebug
> and:
> noirqdebug
> to the kernel line in grub.
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